Canadian Dental Association has not approved any oral-based products containing activated charcoal.
While photos of charcoal-stained smiles are taking social media by storm, dental professionals are warning that the products could be hurting more than they are helping.
“There’s been no research done on [how these products could affect] oral health at all,” said registered dental hygienist Helen Symons, who is also a program instructor at Fanshawe College in London, Ont.
That’s why she says she wouldn’t recommend people use these products.
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